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					☼ Finals Preparation – Remember, Remember!! ☼
Fast Facts:

   1.  The examination period runs from Saturday Dec 16 to Friday Dec 22.
   2.  The ***very latest*** time to submit work is by 12.30pm on Dec 22.
   3.  There are no evening exams on Dec 16, 20, 21 and 22.
   4.  Haverford and Bryn Mawr exams operate differently – check the Haverford
       website for detailed instructions.
   5. Always arrive at least 15 minutes before the beginning of each exam time slot.
       For example, if you plan to take a morning exam (which starts at 9.30am), arrive
       at 9.15 in Thomas Great Hall – you want to make sure that you can get your paper
       from the proctor AND go to your examination venue AND settle down in your
       seat without any rush. This way, you can have the full time available to work on
       your examination.
   6. When you get your examination envelope from the proctor, make sure that it is
       your name and course which are printed on the label.
   7. Bring pens, pencils, an eraser, a calculator if needed, and any other required and
       approved examination materials. Pick up a handful of blue books when you enter
       the examination venue.
   8. If you are taking an open-book exam, make sure you go to one of the rooms
       specially set aside for open-book exams. If in doubt, ask the proctor.
   9. Bring water/coffee if you need these. 
   10. WEAR A WATCH!!! You can time yourself much better this way. Make sure
       you do not exceed the time limit for your examination!

Preparing for the Exams….

   1. Although the last deadline to submit all work is 12.30pm on Dec 22, some
      professors have different deadlines – make sure you know the deadlines for each
      specific class.
   2. Tip: Don’t plan to submit work at 12.25 pm on Dec 22 – it’s too risky! Give
      yourself some leeway. Plan to finish all exams/papers by Dec 21, for example.
      That way, if something crops up, you still have one morning exam time slot left
      on Dec 22 that you can make use of.
   3. Look at the schedule of available self-scheduled exam time slots and plan when
      you want to take each self-scheduled exam. That way, you have a clear and
      concrete day/time to work towards.
   4. The night before your exam, sleep early  Set your alarm (if your
      watch/cellphone has an alarm function, set that as well). If you have a tendency to
      sleep through the alarm, get a friend to call you in the morning to wake you up.
      Put your alarm across the room so you have to get out of bed to turn it off.
   5. Make sure you clear any doubts/questions about class material before classes end.
      You can still email your professors during the examination week with your
      questions, and set up times to see your professors.
FAQs about Bryn Mawr Self-Scheduled Exams

Q. What is a self-scheduled exam?

A. If your professor has designated a self-scheduled exam for your class, it means that
you are free to choose when you want to take your exam during one of the listed time
slots in the whole examination week period. You can take the exam in the
morning/afternoon/evening time slot, whichever time works best for you.

Q. Which self-scheduled exam time slot should I choose – morning, afternoon, or
evening? Are there any specific advantages to each time slot?

A. It is entirely up to you to choose which time slot you prefer. Are you a morning person,
or do you work better in the evenings? Do you tend to feel sleepy in the afternoons, or are
you always at your most energetic then? You might want to choose a time slot during
which you feel most awake and focused.

Q. Should I plan to finish all my exams in 1-2 days, or spread them out over the entire
examination period?

A. Again, this is your personal choice. Some people work better under intense pressure,
and prefer to finish their exams in a short time span. Others prefer to work at a calmer
pace, and give themselves more time to finish each task. Also, take into consideration
possible fatigue if you plan to take more than one exam a day. Writing and thinking for
three hours at a stretch is intense – to have to repeat this in one day might decrease peak
performance. Again, this varies among students.

Q. I take a class at Haverford. For that particular class, do I have to take my exam at

A. Yes. Haverford and Bryn Mawr have separate examination schedules. Make sure that
you are familiar with Haverford examination procedures. Also, take note that Haverford
exam time slots start and end differently: eg. 9am instead of 9.30am for the morning slots.
Refer to the Haverford Registrar webpage for more information.

Q. I don’t have the examination period schedule. Where can I find this information?

A. Refer to for the exam
For the list of scheduled exams:
For the list of self-scheduled exams:

??? Contact your peer mentor

                                         Prepared by Alla Myrvoda ‘09 and Angela Seah ‘07

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